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September 7, 2004

Finding Decent Headphones

It's a little bit ridiculous but I need to have three separate of headphones for my iPod. It's a bit of a pain and I'm hoping that I'll find a set of headphones that'll work regardless of what I'm doing while I'm listening. Here are the three types of headphones I've got:

My IPod headphones - Although these look cool, I do think Apple dropped the ball here. These work fine when you're moderately active (e.g., walking down the street) but they don't work at all for me when I'm running or doing some other kind of workout. I've heard that complaint from others well. So while the "form" of these is pretty cool, I'm just not a big fan of the "function". Plus, I appear to have blown one of the earphones out even though I almost never listen to loud music through these earphones.

My RIO "Sportclip Earphones" - I got these with a Rio MP3 player I bought a year ago (which I really liked but has only 128 MB vs. the 4 GB of my iPod Mini). I love these for running, working out, etc because they wrap around the ear and even though they don't always fit snugly in the ear, they don't fall off entirely like the iPod ones often do. The problem with these? A very short cord. They work fine if I put the iPod on my armband but not if I try to put the iPod in my pocket.

My Sony "AIR" headphones - These have an extra long cord (which has an extension so it can actually be made shorter...cool) and they wrap around the ear. So that's cool. And the sound is good but they are a little heavy and clunky. So almost there but not quite.

Anyway, I'm rambling now but I'll do a little searching and see if I can't find something that's a great hybrid of these three. In the meantime, if you come across something that might fit the bill feel free to post it in the comments.